Security tightened in Meghalaya after clash at disputed village

"All measures are being taken to ensure that the situation does not go out of control," Meghalaya DGP S B Kakati said.The DGP said additional security personnel have been deployed at vulnerable places to ensure there is no flare-up of the incident.

The incident happened at a weekly market in the disputed Langpih village, claimed by both the states, when a group of people attacked another community with firearms, stones, bricks and sticks.

Assam Police allegedly opened fire after the attackers continued to hurl stones at the other group who fled to a nearby police outpost at the village bordering Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district and Assam's Kamrup district.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has instructed the police department to send additional forces to Langpih, about 150 km from here, officials said.Home Minister H D R Lyngdoh is scheduled to the visit the area to take stock of the situation today. Langpih is claimed by both the states citing contradictory documents from history and land records.
The Opposition NCP has demanded resignation of the Chief Minister for the incident.
"Chief Minister should take moral responsibility and quit," NCP Spokesman James Sangma said.

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